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Serhiy Kokurin
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Native name Сергій Кокурін
Birth name Serhiy Viktorovych Kokurin
Born (1978-01-01)January 1, 1978
Died 18 March 2014(2014-03-18) (aged 36)
Place of birth Simferopol, Ukraine, Soviet Union
Place of death Simferopol, Ukraine
Allegiance  Ukraine
Service/branch Emblem of the Ukrainian Ground Forces.svg Ukrainian Army
Years of service ?-2014
Battles/wars 2014 Simferopol incident

Serhiy Viktorovych Kokurin (Russian: Сергей Викторович Кокурин, Ukrainian language: Сергій Вікторович Кокурін

January 1, 1978 – March 18, 2014)[1] was a Ukrainian soldier who was shot dead by a sniper during the assault on the Ukrainian military base in Simferopol.[1] He was the first soldier killed during the Annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Serhiy Kokurin was born on January 1, 1978 in Simferopol, Crimean Oblast (Ukrainian SSR, USSR). On December 28, 1997 he pledged his allegiance to the Ukrainian people. During his military service Kokurin went from private to warrant officer and was the chief of his unit's logistics service.[1]

On March 18, Kokurin was killed on watch duty during the Russian assault on the 13th Photogrammetric Center of the Central Military Topographic and Navigation Main Directorate of Operations of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.[1][2][3] According to the Russians, he was killed a sniper, and a sniper from the same location also killed one rebel (Ruslan Kazakov) and wounded another.[4][5] The Ukrainian government insists that the sniper was a soldier of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.[citation needed]

Kokurin was survived by his wife, son and unborn child.[2][3]

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